Paraphrasing Maria Mercé Marçal, I please three virtues, to be a heterodox scientist, to be an independent activist and to be a woman!  “And the turbulent clarity of being three times rebellious…”

I’m a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Agroecology and Agro-food systems, Uvic-UCC.  Bachelor in Classical Literature, I moved then to Environmental Sciences linking social and ecological dimensions for investigating global environmental change and I obtained my Degree from the University of Milano Bicocca, Italy, and my PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in the area of expertise of Ecological Economics.

My research experience and work in collaboration with communities and grassroots organizations has been influencing my transdisciplinary profile, pushing me to explore out of the box on how bridging dialogue between social and natural sciences (and arts) as well as scientific and local/indigenous knowledge systems to study the vulnerability and adaptation of rural agro-food systems to global change. Currently, my line of research focuses on gender, socio-institutional innovations, collective action and the role of traditional (agro)ecological knowledge in adapting to global environmental, cultural and socioeconomic changes, especially in agricultural and (silvo) pastoral systems of the Mediterranean context and high mountain regions. Through a perspective of feminist political ecology applied to studies of adaptation and resilience, my research is oriented to understand the dynamics of power that create inequalities, and the differential conditions that create new opportunities in the transformations of social-ecological rural systems.

I’m Montessori guide and I like to explore alternative respectful pedagogy, thus I spend my free time collaborating with public schools in implementing cosmic education in their curriculum. My great passions are trekking, travelling and playing with my 10 years old son.

FRACTAL is for me a space and time of inspiration and collective feminist action, through a confident network of friends  and colleagues who are committed with social justice and sustainability.

Publications

  • Ravera F., Reyes-García V., Pascual U., Drucker A., Bellon M., Tarrasón D. (in press) Gendered agrobiodiversity management and adaptation to climate change: differentiated strategies in two marginal rural areas of India. Agriculture and Human Values
  • Ravera F., Pascual U., Drucker A., Martín-López B. (2016) Gender and socio-cultural factors that influence adaptation to global change: a comparative study in India. Special issue Gender perspectives in resilience, vulnerability and adaptation to global environmental change. 45: 335–351
  • Sastre, R., Ravera F., Gonzalez J.A. López Santiago C., Bidegain I., Munda G. (2017) Mediterranean landscapes under change: combining social multicriteria evaluation and the ecosystem services framework for land use planning. Land use policy 67: 472-48
  • Ravera F., Tarrasón D., Siciliano G. (2014). Rural change and multidimensional analysis of farm’s vulnerability: a case study in a protected area of semi-arid Nicaragua. Environment, Development and Sustainability 16 – 4, pp. 811 – 82
  • Ravera F., Tarrasón D., and Simelton E. Envisioning Adaptive Strategies to Change: Participatory Scenarios for Agro-Pastoral Semi-Arid Systems in Nicaragua (2011) in Assessing Vulnerability, Resilience and Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change in Arid/Semi-Arid Socialecological Systems. Evan Fraser, Claire Quinn and Jan Sendzimir. Special Issue in Ecology and Society 16(1): 20. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss1/art20/

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